HOUSE SITTING IN FAMILY HOME
We are looking for a house-sitting couple (possibly with a child) or a single house-sitter for the period of Tuesday 6th April 2021 through to Tuesday 31st August 2021. We ask you to sign an agreement that clearly sets out expectations of both parties and provides detailed information about our suburb and facilities. We also sign the agreement. The period can be adjusted if there is a Covid19 lockdown so that the house-sitters are not left without any accommodation – we would sleep in our caravan if necessary, as if still on holidays. This caveat is included in our written agreement signed by both parties.
We are looking for non-smokers who cherish a lifestyle without illicit drugs, wild parties and other anti-social behaviours. If you are a single person you will have a king single bed in a fully furnished bedroom. If you are a couple you will have your own bedroom with a queen bed. If you have a child, the single bedroom is an option. We need house-sitters who can arrive a little before 6th April while we are still here to meet and greet, while we will sleep in our caravan.
The house is a 3bedroom, free-standing brick veneer with vegetable gardens in a quiet street. It has 2 bathrooms, three toilets, a combined kitchen area/living room with gas heating, and an outside room converted from a garage that is used for storage with an exercise bike you can use. We have two ovens, two refrigerators, a washing machine and dryer. There is a study that cannot be disturbed since it has our computers, bookcases and private items.
There is space in the front yard for a caravan that is no longer than 7.5 metres in travel length (from tow-ball through to very rear of spare tyre). But it might require established reversing skills, and/or a reversing camera would be very useful.
We have an elderly cat who would not like to share her domain at this time. So, no other pets please, but be prepared to love and adore the little queen. She needs medication put on her eye twice daily and has food suitable for her failing kidneys. She will need to be taken to the nearby vet for monthly IV fluids and if the need arises on other occasions.
We prefer house sitters who don’t mind doing some garden maintenance, weeding if necessary, light pruning, and cleaning up. However, that is not an onerous task requirement, as we do not expect a great deal. We have two quite large, fenced-in vegetable gardens that could be utilised if you are so inclined.
Our 32year old daughter lives in the house. Our daughter is independent, sociable, has a car and works part-time. She can assist with the cat’s care. She would be the sole user of the study. Our other daughter and her partner would be visiting her on a fairly frequent basis, and other family and friends could pop in on occasion. We and our friends are sociable folk who are stable, law-abiding and generally relaxed about life.
Our home is well located in the North Coburg area called Merlynston, which has a lovely village atmosphere shopping centre with a park, IGA supermarket, two café/restaurants, post office, Unisex Hairdresser, men’s barber, Medical Centre, and Physiotherapy Centre. Another shopping strip is about 10 minutes walk away, with a pizza takeaway, Op Shop, Fish and Chips/Hamburgers, two milk bars, café, and another Medical Practice. Our local car repair service and an auto electrician are both two minutes drive away. It is about 15 minutes walk to an Aldi supermarket, and to a tram stop to the city, in other locations. There are another six shopping precincts 5 to 10 minutes drive away that have Coles, Woolworths, BCF, Bunnings, Office Works, excellent vegie shops and butchers, and Indian, Turkish and Greek restaurants, plus the John Fawkner Hospital, among many other businesses, so meeting your every want and need.
You can take a 7minutes walk to Merlynston Railway Station and a 35 minutes train trip to arrive at Flinders Street and the CBD on the Upfield line. The Melbourne Zoo is on the rail line going to the city.
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